Part of my job as a UX-lead is to be aware of what’s trending in technology and how we interact with it. Voice assistants (aka “smart speakers”) have been all the rage for the past few years, so I gave Apple’s new HomePod a spin.
You and I are used to using keyboards, mice, and touchscreens, but shouldn’t voice input feel natural since we’ve used our voice our whole lives? Not so fast… It’s more complicated than that.
Here’s a post I wrote about my experience with voice input, so you can decide if it’s the right choice for a device for you and your family.
P.S. I’m really interested in your thoughts on this. Have you used one or more voice assistants? Which is your favorite?
Voice Input is the Next Big Thing - Or is It?
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